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Old 03-03-2009, 10:41 AM   #1
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Question Urgent: Good place for domestic parts (transmission)



Hey,

Looks like the tranny is slipping on our 2000 Dodge Caravan. Anyone know a good place where I can source a transmission for a good price?

P.S. I hope me shifting into neutral didn't make this happen... (I shift into neutral at a stop). The car has 23x xxx km
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:54 AM   #2
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which one of the following is it?

3 SPD 2.4L
4 SPD 3.0L
4 SPD 3.3L
4 SPD 3.8L AWD
4 SPD 3.8L FWD

I CAN SOURCE ONE OUT FOR U.....GIVE ME A SHOUT.
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:57 AM   #3
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4 SPD 3.0L I believe. PM me
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Old 03-03-2009, 11:25 AM   #4
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You don't want to mess with a Dodge Transmission. I never touch it.

Our van's transmission went in the first 30,000KM. Mind out, we used to carry some heavy loads inside from time to time.

A little trick. Invest $100 on a good transmission cooler for your Chrysler Transmission.
I think it goes a long way to protecting it.

I met someone who's had Dodge vans since 85. He tows a lot, and always installs a transmission cooler in each van he gets. Even after 250K and 5 vans, he's never replaced it.

Just don't got to "Mr Transmission".

http://mrtransmissionsucks.com/

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Old 03-03-2009, 11:30 AM   #5
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^^ You mean you don't touch the selector? And ok I'll look into a cooler. Does this have to be put in during the install of the new tranny?

I've been reading and these are known to be bad transmissions so I should probably go for a rebuilt on right...as opposed to just a used one that hasn't broken down yet.
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Old 03-03-2009, 11:45 AM   #6
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I don't mess with the Selector. I treat it like a ticking time bomb.

I come to a complete stop before shifting from Reverse to Drive, and vise versa.
(Others who drove the van never did this).

I don't go through the gears, 1,2,3, D...

I put the van in park, and engage the parking break to take the load off the park pin, before releasing the brakes.
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You can install the cooler any time. If you're putting in a new tranny, get it installed right away. It would be easy for them to do.

It's a tough call on getting a used Tranny vs rebuilding. Both my neighbours have replaced their transmissions. The one that rebuilt his, his tranny went again for the second time after 65,000K.

Given that every transmission shop seems shaddy, I would probably opt for a used transmission from a lower mileage vehicle, to be installed by my own repair shop.

I would never ever take my car to a transmission shop.

I'd rather sell the van for scrap than have to deal with a transmission shop.
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Old 03-03-2009, 11:52 AM   #7
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Cool man, thanks for the advice! How many hours of labor should it take to swap one in? and what should be the price of a used unit?
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:32 PM   #8
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rebuild it, and use Lucas
dodge tranny's are brutal.
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No $$ for rebuilding...that costs upwards of $1000 afaik
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No $$ for rebuilding...that costs upwards of $1000 afaik
dump it and get a beater?
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:48 PM   #11
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These guys are the best I've dealt with for any vehicle type.

Wolfe Transmission Limited/Ace Transmission. Same Shop
http://www.acetransmission.ca/

http://www.ctidirectory.com/search/c...?company=30205

The automobile protection association swore by these guys, and they endorse them as well, meaning if you're an APA Member you get 10-20% off any estimate/part.

They'll install the transmission for you and offer a great free warranty for very little money as well!


This membership goes a long way for most people. http://www.apa.ca/

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Old 03-03-2009, 12:54 PM   #12
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what ever you do, don't use the tranny place on Ossington and Geary.
My Dad brought his Chrysler Minivan there and after three attempts at rebuilding his tranny, he went elsewhere.
He went to a place downtown Toronto on Richmond St. W. just east of Strachan Ave.
It's a hole-in-the-wall place, but they fixed it.
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